Month 4 of Interning Remotely
The run-up to the end of 2020 at Puppet.
2020 has been one of the quickest yet slowest years of my life. As I’m sure many others would agree, when being locked away from others in the world it can be difficult to grow your network, find the motivation to learn new skills and grow as an individual. I am fortunate that Puppet has helped me do all those things since starting in September. After four months I’m still learning, still asking questions and still meeting new people through each new opportunity that comes my way and for that I’m thankful.
Besides me and rest of the offices’ excitement for the 2020 virtual Christmas party, I continued diving into another Puppet product and began thinking about modals, wizards and drawers.
Is it worth it?
I have become increasingly more aware this month that as designers we don't just go through the process and create a design then that’s the job done. Engineers need to take time to implement that design, it could take them hours, days or weeks. Therefore, we must identify the key design changes that need to be implemented, whilst some others could maybe wait for a later UX update down the line. What does the user need now? What is their biggest problem when using this product currently? These are a couple of questions that I think put into perspective what’s meaningful and useful in your design in comparison to things that are still good design suggestions but aren’t essential at the moment. I’ve learnt that communication with engineers is essential, it enables you to understand timeframes better alongside what is possible and what is impossible for them to do.
In saying that, don't let thinking about ‘is it worth it?’ hinder your design thinking, if you have a complex idea I would recommend you develop that and expand upon it, be as creative and imaginative as you want to be. This is something I feel like Rick Monro has been encouraging me to do. “I don’t see why not” or “I’m sure you could” are motivating words any time I suggest a concept, there are no limits and if your big idea ends up being very complex, who’s to say you can’t split that big idea into small little chunks over multiple versions of the product so that it will all eventually come together, or you could use that one big idea to spiral your thoughts into thinking about another 10 smaller or bigger ideas. Explore your ideas and thoughts as much as possible!
Modals, drawers & wizards
I’m beginning to compare modals, drawers & wizards to understand their individual uses, advantages, disadvantages, rules and guidelines. I come across each of these patterns in the majority of websites and products that I use, however, I never thought much into their individual use cases. During a meeting, Cat and a few others described the patterns using a house analogy that has actually stuck with me:
Modal - A closet in your room that doesn’t lead to anywhere else.
Drawer - A chest of drawers that opens and closes.
Wizard - Stairs taking you step by step through a process.
Who said modals, drawers & wizards were boring? I’m continuing to research each of them and hope to update you all with my findings.
One thing I know for sure about Puppet is that they know how to throw a party, so I was excited as to what the team was going to pull out of the bag for the 2020 virtual Christmas party, and no one was disappointed! In the days leading up to the event, I was delighted to receive a personalised package at my door that you could tell a lot of thought was put into by the Christmas party team. The package was filled with snacks, drinks, Christmas crackers and bobbles, along with some money to go and get your favourite food during the event!
The first party event was a ‘Christmas Challenge’ quiz. We were in teams of 5 and there were 24 rounds to do with music, Christmas traditions and video/photo challenges. In my team were people I had not yet had the opportunity to meet so this was also a great ice-breaker and team-building exercise. Next, we had an hour to go and get whatever food we wanted, then when we came back it was time for a couple of hours of chatting, charades and other games. It was such an enjoyable evening with great people!
I’m excited to see what opportunities 2021 brings to me and Puppet as a whole. If you enjoyed the read make sure to give this post a clap and if you really want to you can share it as well! I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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